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  • GOP donors appear in no hurry to commit to 2016 candidate
    Associated Press | January 26, 2015 3:32 pm
    Add Chris Christie to the list of prospective candidates for president now taking donations, a group of Republicans that might ultimately top two dozen.
  • Sen. Harry Reid undergoes surgery on eye
    Associated Press | January 26, 2015 3:04 pm
    Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid underwent surgery Monday to remove a blood clot in his right eye and repair bones in his face, injuries from an accident he suffered while exercising more than three weeks ago.
  • 5 things about Obama's move to protect refuge from drilling
    Associated Press | January 26, 2015 3:04 pm
    President Barack Obama waded into a decades-long fight over drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge over the weekend, announcing that his administration would pursue a wilderness designation for 12.28 million acres, barring drilling in most of the South Carolina-sized refuge.
  • Quadcopters straddle the line between drones and toys
    Associated Press | January 26, 2015 2:52 pm
    Quadcopters like the one that crashed at the White House on Monday are among the most popular remote-controlled aircraft being sold today. But are they drones or sophisticated toys?
  • Gov't to overhaul Medicare payments to doctors, hospitals
    Associated Press | January 26, 2015 1:36 pm
    Medicare will change the way it pays hospitals and doctors to reward quality over volume, the Obama administration said Monday, in a shift that officials hope will be a catalyst for the nation's $3 trillion health care system.
  • Head of Justice Dept. anti-corruption section leaving
    Associated Press | January 26, 2015 1:36 pm
    The head of a Justice Department section that prosecutes politicians for corruption says he's leaving his position this week for another job within the agency.
  • Conviction upheld over contributions to Sen. Harry Reid
    Associated Press | January 26, 2015 12:12 pm
    A federal appeals court on Monday upheld the conviction of a former Nevada lobbyist accused of making illegal campaign contributions to Sen. Harry Reid's 2010 reelection campaign.
  • VA to create unified framework with 5 service regions
    Associated Press | January 26, 2015 11:56 am
    The Veterans Affairs Department said Monday it is creating a single regional framework that divides the sprawling agency into five clearly marked regions.
  • New Jersey's Christie launches political action committee
    Associated Press | January 26, 2015 11:32 am
    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has taken his firmest step yet toward running for president, launching an organization that allows him to raise money for a potential 2016 campaign.
  • House bill on border security sidetracked
    Associated Press | January 26, 2015 11:29 am
    House Republicans have sidetracked legislation to secure the U.S.-Mexican border that is drawing opposition from some conservatives who say it does too little to stem illegal immigration.
  • Hard search for less invasive brain surgery leads to eyelid
    Associated Press | January 26, 2015 11:05 am
    Doctor after doctor said removing the tumor causing Pamela Shavaun Scott's unrelenting headaches would require cutting open the top of her skull and pushing aside her brain. Then one offered a startling shortcut -- operating through her eyelid.
  • House tea partyers face new resistance from GOP pragmatists
    Associated Press | January 26, 2015 9:52 am
    This should be a golden era for tea party conservatives, whose energies helped Republicans gain a historic House majority and take control of the Senate. But the House's die-hard conservatives face new frustrations and uncertainty, thanks to a higher number of establishment-friendly Republicans and a leadership push to "show we can govern" instead of throwing partisan brickbats.
  • Low inflation likely to keep Fed 'patient' about a rate hike
    Associated Press | January 26, 2015 9:52 am
    The Federal Reserve ended 2014 with a pledge to be "patient" in raising interest rates from record lows. The way things are going, its patience may endure for a long while.
  • Unmanned drones could play key roles in food supply
    Associated Press | January 26, 2015 8:05 am
    Herding cattle. Counting fish. Taking an animal's temperature. Applying pesticides.
  • Justices: No lawsuit against disgraced ex-Detroit judge
    Associated Press | January 26, 2015 6:49 am
    The Supreme Court has put an end to a civil lawsuit against a former Detroit judge who had an affair with a woman while he presided over her bid for child support.
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